Category Archives: Homebrewing

May 13, 2014

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Hill Farmstead’s Wheat is the New Hops & Crooked Stave’s Hop Savant are two excellent examples of what happens when you brew a double IPA then ferment with Brettanomyces. Most home brewers brew IPAs more than any other style so you can take your favorite recipe and simply switch ale yeast for Brett. Really easy. […]

May 12, 2014

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I’m pretty busy this week so I snapped this photo before tossing these into 2 of my carboys. I brewed Tart of Darkness Clone and Consecration Clone in August/September. They are both tasting really good and that means it’s time to add in these little things. The Tart of Darkness gets 2 ounces of Bourbon […]

April 15, 2014

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  I don’t think you’re supposed to aerate finished beer but oh well! 2 up front and 6 in the back. Going to have these in my car today covered up until I go to the new place. It’s always amazing how much space the tiny Golf has for transporting this sort of stuff. On […]

April 14, 2014

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I’m not asking if this is okay because I really have no choice but to take on this activity. I’m moving to a new house this week and I’m boxing up about 200 Lambic, 8 carboys, 8 kegs, 75 bottles of bourbon, wine, mead and iced wine and then another 150 or so bottles of […]

April 4, 2014

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Went downstairs to snap some shots of a few carboys. Really happy with how these came out.

April 4, 2014

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I promise I haven’t given up on home brewing. It was pretty clear in a couple of posts last year that it’s difficult to brew in the winter time. The plan then was to brew a lot of wild ales and let them ferment for 12 months. Eight carboys are happily sitting downstairs just chilling […]

December 3, 2013

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I brewed a lot of beer this Fall and most aren’t ready but I thought it would be fun to see how they’re doing. I’m going left to right from the pictures. Black IPA using Conan Yeast (Heady Topper) – I expected to drain pour this one. It wasn’t a well thought out grain bill […]

October 24, 2013

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When I ordered grain for my last marathon brewing session, I committed to not brewing again until the spring. I have the itch so I put together some stuff to brew in 2 weeks and ordered the grain today. Christmas Porter is a rebrew of my porter / stout that was made last Fall in […]

October 3, 2013

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I’ve been bad about updating this lately with tasting notes of some of the latest batches of beer. Anyone coming by my place soon, here’s an update on what’s next and what’s on tap. I can’t fit everything “next” on the board but a lot of friends ask what’s in carboys and now they can […]

September 27, 2013

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I’m looking to do a huge 16%+ stout that will spend some time with bourbon and vanilla. Well, look at those red marks, It appears my 10 gallon mash tun isn’t going to cut it. I could go under 1.25 quarts per pound of grain and mash twice? It’s hard to say how this one […]

September 6, 2013

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I’ve worked pretty hard for this one. 6 carboys downstairs and 7 kegs full of beer. It’s a great feeling. I’d like to get 3 more brew days in before first snow fall (2nd week of October). Gotta order some more grain soon!

September 1, 2013

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I spent a lot of time this weekend brewing and actually finished much sooner than I thought. I started early Friday morning mashing in a Dunkelweizen for a friend. He wants me to try a beer of this style fresh and doesn’t have his own equipment. I wrapped up that batch around 4PM since we […]

August 26, 2013

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On August 8th, I brewed 2 beers. The first was an evolution of my Brett B pale ale. Batch 1 was just straight 2-row and Motueka hops coming in around 3.5%. It fermented quickly and was dry hopped before kegging. That beer has since kicked so I wanted to brew it again but this time […]

August 22, 2013

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I just ordered a bunch of cool stuff. Looking forward to a lot of brewing in September. I’ll talk more about these beers when I get some free time

August 8, 2013

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I brewed a Berliner Weisse last September and it sat in a fermenter for 3 months and was sour as Hell from the day I tapped it. Naturally, it’s only gotten more sour. I have 6 growlers left of this beer and open one every few weeks when there’s a large group who can split […]

August 7, 2013

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Two months ago, I tried something simple. I brewed a beer with about 7 pounds of 2-Row with Motueka and Brett B. It’s been a big hit. Lots of people have come over and had it on tap and drank that same beer all night. For how simple it is, it really has been hugely […]

June 30, 2013

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Late last year, a member of RateBeer inspired me to take on a new pale ale test. His recipe: 7.5 pounds of 2-row 8 ounces of carapils and a hopping schedule of 100% Motueka: 1oz @60, 2oz @10, 1oz @0 and 1oz dry hopped Wyeast 3112 (Brett B) as the only yeast to be used […]

June 19, 2013

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I just passed the 12 month mark of home brewing. While the consensus is my home-brew sucks, the people who I’ve sent bottles or have consumed the brews on tap at my house have enjoyed the efforts. Very few beers compare to a fresh IPA on tap with the hop combination that you love. The […]

May 15, 2013

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I decided to take another stab at the Saison Brett that turned out drinkable but not where I wanted it to. I also decided to do another Belgian Wit beer as well as a re-brew of the Berliner Weisse I did last year that was such a huge hit that I’m re-doing it but with […]

May 12, 2013

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This beer was brewed last month and received 10 days of dry hopping followed by an extensive 3 day cold crashing at 38 degrees. I kegged this and allowed to carbonate slowly (no keg agitation / shaking) over the course of 4 days at 20PSI. The smell is better than the taste but overall, this […]

May 12, 2013

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I finally got around to tapping my stout again. The beer brewed in late November, kegged late December with an infusion of bourbon soaked oak and vanilla beans for 2 weeks and then I realized it was entirely too oaky so I decided to just let it sit for a while.  It’s tasting really fantastic. […]

May 8, 2013

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I repeatedly tell friends that I’m a shitty brewer, an amateur brewer and someone who’s just starting out. Simply because my hoppy beer is hoppy and drinkable with minimal hops floating around in the keg, doesn’t mean I should go and open my own brewery. To the sort of people who read this blog, that’s […]

April 19, 2013

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I now have seven corny kegs which is fantastic for some beers that I want to get out of carboys and carbonated to make things easier to tap. By Sunday, all of them will be full of fermented beer! (sorry for the absolutely terrible iPhone photos) As a follow up to my post a few […]

April 19, 2013

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Truthfully, I need a pro to sample these for me. The one on the left is the result of completely overshooting my grain bill and, when I took the original gravity reading on brew-day in January, BeerSmith told me I’d probably end up with a 13% Saison (Wyeast French Saison + Brettanomyces Lambicus). It’s been […]

April 18, 2013

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  Monday, I bought a wort chiller. The simple copper tubing that is placed into a brew kettle, using water from the tap, you cool wort down from boiling temperature to a temp suitable for yeast pitching much faster than alternative methods. Last summer, when I started brewing, I did the ice-bath method but I […]